Due to the rain forecast for our original date, WINTERFEST has been moved to 12/10.

2:00PM Keep your eyes peeled for Santa, who will be touring the village with help from the Tivoli Fire Department.

3:30PM @ the Firehouse, Kids crafts and cookie decorating.
Come for hot chili, hot dogs, and hot beverages.

4:45PM @ the Firehouse, Holiday Light-up.

5:00PM-7:00PM Horse drawn wagon rides on Broadway & Merchant and Artists open houses.


Village of Tivoli Public Advisory: Notice of Elevated Lead Levels in Soils at Former Water Tower Site

What is the advisory?

The Village of Tivoli has received soil sample data indicating levels of lead in the soil under the former water tower, in Memorial Park, that are elevated above New York State Soil Cleanup Objectives.

How did we learn about this?

When the old water tower was removed, before and after soil samples were taken as a routine precaution to ensure no lead was released during the take-down. While the before and after samples were found to be the same, both indicated elevated lead levels, meaning the presence of lead predated the removal of the old tower.

What is lead and how can I be exposed to it?

Lead is a heavy metal that is naturally occurring in soils at low levels. Human activity has increased lead levels in soil from sources such as paint and automobile emissions from leaded gasoline. Although the use of lead paint been discontinued since the late 1970s, historic use of leaded products may result in elevated lead levels in soils in the vicinity of buildings and structures historically coated with lead paint.

Exposure to lead in soils commonly occurs when people come in contact with bare soils and soil particles are inhaled or ingested. Having a dense grass or vegetation cover over lead contaminated soils reduces exposure potential.

Lead in surface soils at Memorial Park is very unlikely to affect the quality of the Village’s drinking water. The Village’s water supply is drawn from wells that draw water from the underground aquifer. The Tivoli Water System is in compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule for drinking water.

How is the Village addressing the issue?

The Village has notified the Dutchess County Department of Community and Behavior Health and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Village and its environmental consultant are working with the agencies to develop a plan to determine the extent of lead in the soils near the former water tower and identify appropriate corrective action.

The Village will be restricting access to the area in the vicinity of the former water tower with snow fence. The Village’s environmental consultant will be collecting additional soil data to determine the extent of the soils with elevated lead levels. During this time, we ask that Memorial Park users avoid entering the restricted area.

The Village will provide additional updates through the Village website and email notification system as information becomes available. The assessment of soil lead levels in the vicinity of the former water tower is expected to take one month.

Meeting Date : December 7, 2020
Download Minutes : Download File

Village of Tivoli

Zoning Board of Appeals


December 7, 2020



Jonathan Trombly

Karen Cleaveland

Ethan Palmer

Bob Zises


Mark Bennett

Also Present

Alexandr Neratoff

Mayor Joel Griffith (to administer the zoom)


The meeting was held remotely on zoom and was streamed live. It opened at 7:06.

Mayor Joel Griffith explained the format of the meeting and began the live streaming.

Jonathan Trombly opened the meeting and said there were two agenda items: approval of the minutes from 10/5/20 and a new application for 80 Montgomery.

80 Montgomery – Area Variance for Side Set Back for a front porch

Jonathan Trombly started by asking the applicant about the current state of the property in question. Alexandr Neratoff answered that the building had been demolished and a foundation remains in the western part of the parcel.

Alexandr Neratoff explained the project. The original house was encroaching on the side yard. and it did not have a front porch. The earlier variance was for an addition on the back of the house that needed a side set back variance. Since no change was being made to the front, the variance was not for a front porch. Now the northern 4 feet of the front porch will be in the side set back. The choices are to eliminate the front porch or to seek the variance. Also when he was drawing the plans he realized the side entrance on the southern side of the house will also require a variance as it reduces the total side yards to less than the required minimum.

Jonathan Trombly asked again if the site is empty, and the answer was no, there is a foundation three feet out of the ground.

Bob Zises asked what the front set back is. The answer given was about 30 feet.

Karen Cleaveland asked for clarification about where the porch in question is located on the plans. She also asked how many variances and what variances are being requested.

Alexandr Neratoff went over the proposal. The non-conforming side set back of the original house was 6’4”. He indicated the proposed northern side set back for the front porch is 6’4” and the proposed southern side set back is 15’2” for a total of 21’6” of side yard. 30 feet total is required.

Jonathan Trombly estimated that each side yard is two thirds of the required amount.

Jonathan Trombly moved on to discuss scheduling a public hearing. The next regular meeting is January 4th. Alexandr Neratoff asked if the meeting would be in person or remote. Bob Zises asked if it could be held remotely. Mayor Joel Griffith explained that the public hearing could be remote and explained how public comment could be received. Jonathan Trombly asked whether board members would be available on 1/4. Ethan Palmer will not be available.

Karen Cleaveland made a motion to schedule the public hearing at 7:00 on January 4, 2021. Bob Zises seconded. All in favor. The public hearing was scheduled.

Noticing was explained to the applicant.

Karen Cleaveland complimented the design of the house and stated that the board should schedule a site visit. She suggested that the site visit could be made independently by board members. Alexandr Neratoff said that he could make himself available for a site visit. Jonathan Trombly asked him to stake out the footprint of the building so that its location will be obvious to board members. Alexandr Neratoff commented that the foundation will be obvious.

Karen Cleaveland asked if physical plans were available in the office because the scanned versions were hard to understand. Yes.

Jonathan Trombly asked if there were any other questions. The board discussed a timeline for the property to be staked and requested that it be brightly marked.


The board started to review the minutes from the October 5, 2020. Only Karen Cleaveland and Bob Zises were able to comment as they had been present, but Bob Zises could not access the minutes in email. It was decided to wait to review the minutes at the January meeting.

Bob Zises made a motion to close the meeting. Ethen Palmer seconded. All in favor. The meeting was closed at 7:42.

Respectfully submitted,


Laura Gail Tyler

Deputy Village Clerk